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Reef Report for Thursday, August 9, 2001

Superb Visibility Highlights an Excellent Week on the Reef

It has been a spectacular week on the reef and it looks like it will continue over the weekend. Visibility has been fantastic and the fish life plentiful. On Flynn and Milln reefs there has been 20 meters visibility and at Norman reef 15 to 20 meters. © Dive The Reef

On Passions of Paradise this week divers were certainly not disappointed with seeing large numbers of bicolour angel fish and moorish idols. Their dive site, Fish Market is also well known for its bright fan corals and lovely blue staghorn corals. Our introductory divers this week were also lucky enough to see a Blue-spotted Lagoon Ray in 8m of water.

I was lucky enough last weekend to experience the fantastic day trip that is Quicksilver Connections. After a beautiful drive up the coast road to Port Douglas I checked in at the Quicksilver office at Marina Mirage. It was then a short leisurely stroll to the boat Quickie 8 and to settle into the comfy lounges and enjoy the complimentary coffee. The trip to the pontoon, which is at the northern end of Agincourt Reef was fast and smooth. The pontoon set up is amazing, with large amounts of room to spread out your gear, suntan, eat, I could not have asked for more. © Dive The Reef The snorkeling was amazing. With a large roped area it was easy for the inexperienced (and the experienced) to hold on and truly enjoy their experience and the sights under the water. There were a lot of first-time snorkelers, and the looks on their faces after having been in the water the first time was priceless. Their trip to the reef was obviously going to be a high point in their holiday.

After lunch I was up for a dive around the site. Instructors Heinz and Georgie pointed me in the right direction and off we went. The visibility was almost 40 metres with very little current, but loads of fish life. We encountered a brilliant coloured blue and yellow Nudibranch just resting on the side of a boulder coral, a Giant Clam, an ever-inquisitive Maori Wrasse, schools and schools of humbug fish and moon wrasse. For the duration of the dive three rather large camouflage cod kept us company. I was fascinated by their size and grace. Thanks to Georgie and Heinz for a great day diving, and thanks for the whole quickie team for a superb day. Quicksilver Dive and their pontoon is an ideal trip for family and friends, first-time snorkelers and die-hard divers alike. The site and day offers everything you could need to have a great day on the reef.

We should see East to Southeast winds blowing 10-15 knots and it will increase to 20-25 knots. A little lumpy yes, but the sun is shining, so great diving is still very possible.

(C) Pro Dive Cairns The weekly reef report is written by Sue-Anne Chapman of Pro Dive Cairns, who compiles them from the many conversations she has with divers, dive instructors, captains, and others in the Cairns dive community. The report is published weekly in the Cairn Post, the local daily paper and appears here thanks to the courtesy of Pro Dive Cairns.

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